I had a fairly normal pregnancy. Apart from some normal discomfort, and a cough that never went away, everything went to plan. I had an OB who was very patient and helpful and every step of the way bub was healthy and doing the right thing. At 25 weeks she was head down and I thought to myself “Good, as long as she stays that way I won’t need a c-section”. But bub didn’t want to follow my rules. At 36 weeks my OB said that she should have engaged by now, and that I have a 20% chance of having a natural birth. I was very surprised, and assumed I would just be induced, but he said it would most likely end in an emergency c-section. I desperately wanted to give birth naturally, and hoped against all the odds she would drop and I would go into labour. But she didn’t. At my next couple of appointments is was clear she wasn’t going anywhere, and to make things more complicated my OB went on holidays in the last two weeks of my pregnancy. The locum dr was concerned about the risk of cord prolapse, something my OB had never mentioned, and so I had to make a decision to ignore the advice of the dr (who wanted to book me in for a c-section straightaway), and wait until my dr returned. I was at the hospital 4 times before my OB returned, being monitored due to high blood pressure. But in the end, my OB retuned, and when I saw him at 40+4 he decided to book me in for a c-section the next day. By that stage I felt I had given her a chance to come out by herself, and was also more comfortable having my dr perform the c-section.

It wasn’t an easy process, and I still wish I was able to give birth naturally, but I have come to the conclusion that the important thing is that she arrived safe and healthy, I think sometimes we get too caught up on having a baby “naturally” that we lose sight of the most important thing – the health of our babies – and that you aren’t any less of a mother for having a c-secion. I hope this will encourage those who are facing c-sections or are coming to terms with the fact they missed out on a natural birth.

Posted by moocowmel, 10th April 2013

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  • I have had 2 C – Sections now. My first born (9 & 1/2 year old son) was an emergency C – Section at 37 weeks after an induced labour that failed (I too had high blood pressure & also pre eclampsia). My second born (8 week old daughter) was planning a VBAC but due to complications during the pregnancy she was delivered via a planned C – Section. As much as I would love to of had a natural birth it wasn’t meant to be. At least our babies arrived safely. Definitely nothing wrong with a C – Section.


  • You absolutely did the right thing. I too had a C-section for my first child at the advice of my OB after a very long period of labour. Whilst still in hospital he had X-Rays taken of my pelvis and he advised me that I would not be able to deliver naturally any babies over 7 lbs. Well, I had a different OB for my next 2 pregnancies and he had a totally different prespective to the first OB. Hence my subsequent 2 children were delivered naturally and both were 8lbs or more. I still have no problem with the fact that my first born was by C-section as the long labour had caused some stress to the baby. As you said, whatever delivery it may be, the most important thing is the baby is well.


  • There is absolutely nothing whatsoever wrong with a c section. At the end of it all, the best outcome is a healthy bub and mum, and you take any steps necessary to achieve that


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